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May 9, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 11:30 pm

$10 – $30
DED at The Forge in Joliet Wednesday, May 9, 2018

DED, w/:

  • Sleep Signals
  • Dear Deadly
  • A Silent Truth

@The Forge (Joliet)
Wednesday, May 9
Show = 7:30 pm
Doors = 6:30 pm
All Ages
Tickets = $10-$30


If you’re not pissed off, then you’re not paying attention. Ded thrives on the aggressive spirit that is authentic to the heavy music genre. “There is an honesty and attitude about heavy music that I don’t feel as often anymore” says lead singer Joe Cotela – “and we want to bring that back”. Ded is loud and aggressive – but it serves as a positive outlet: the band produces an unapologetic sound that draws from the art of fantasy and expressive screams. Their debut album “Mis-An-thrope” was released on 7/21/17.

Ded was born in the music scene of Phoenix, Arizona and has been together for almost 3 years. Band members Joe Cotela (Vocals), David Ludlow (Guitar), Kyle Koelsch (Bass), and Matt Reinhard (Drums) developed a friendship and ultimately a musical partnership that mixes horror and dark imagery to develop a familiar, yet unique sound that sets them apart from other bands. Cotela says “With our music – we want to make the listener feel like how you feel after you’ve watched a really good horror movie – on edge, jittery… And very much alive”. They incorporate these volatile elements into their lyrics – with the hopes that it will breathe new life into the hard-core genre. Imagine an inspired take on outward thinking that transcends screaming, and low tuned riffs. Their sound is meant to “be in your face and tell it like it is”, while paying homage to Korn and Pantera, who served as early inspirations. Ded are also influenced by more recent bands like Slipknot and Bring Me The Horizon. This is modern hard rock & alternative metal that goes beyond anger – including themes like existentialism and ego in everyday life. The lyrics are timely and resonate with an audience navigating the chaotic world we live in.

The band’s work ethic, drive, and dedication led them to record an EP that quickly made the rounds of the music industry, and started a buzz that opened doors. Using that as a springboard, the band hit the road and toured with Beartooth, Asking Alexandria, Atreyu, Every Time I Die, Upon a Burning Body, The Acacia Strain, John 5, Powerman 5000, and Insane Clown Posse among others.

Their touring helped grow awareness in the business and brought them to the attention of producer John Feldmann (Disturbed, Blink-182, Beartooth). Their collaboration with Feldmann culminated in the band signing with Jordan Schur @ Suretone Records – who discovered and grew the careers of platinum rock acts Staind and Limp Bizkit, among others. Suretone released their first song and video for “FMFY” in December 2016.

2017 was very busy year for Ded – they played all Major Rock U.S. festivals, played more than 150 live shows and toured 25 + dates with KORN and Stone Sour. Both of their 1st two singles “Anti-Everything” and “Remember The Enemy” reached the Top 20 on the Active Rock Radio charts. “Anti-Everything” was #8 on SiriusXM Octane’s Top 10 for 2017 and they named the band “Artist Discovery of the Year”. “Anti-Everything” & “Remember The Enemy” were featured on high profile curated Hard Rock & Metal playlists at all major streaming services including Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora, Amazon Music, Youtube, and Google Play Music. The video for “Anti-Everything” has more than 1.4 million views on Youtube. The band is repped by CAA for booking.

They have just released their 3rd single “Hate Me” and it’s already in Power Rotation on SiriusXM Octane, has cracked the Top 40 @ Active Rock Radio after only 5 weeks and has been added to key playlists including Spotify’s “Rock Hard”, Apple Music’s “Breaking Hard Rock”, Amazon Music’s “Fresh Rock” and “Introducing Rock”, Pandora “New Rock” and Google Play Music’s “Hard Rock Hotlist”. (Source)

Sleep Signals

Minneapolis hard rock quintet, Sleep Signals, have garnered a dedicated following through relentless touring, their explosive live performances, and their ability to blend catchy hooks with their high-energy songwriting style.

2017 continues to be a huge year for Sleep Signals, which started with the release of their new single, “I’ll Save You”, on 1/27/17, along with an accompanying music video that was premiered by Vevo. The single was produced by Grammy-nominated producer, Justin Rimer (Saving Abel, 12 Stones).

The band followed up the single returning to the studio with Justin Rimer to finish up their new album, “At the End of the World”, which dropped 9/7/17, and features guest appearances from Marty Mccoy of Bobaflex and Josh Brown of Full Devil Jacket. A music video for the single, “Drive”, picked up 40k views in the first two days of being released.

Founded in 2014, the band hit the road in early 2015 and has since played over 175 shows in 26 states, sharing the stage with bands like Seether, In Flames, Saving Abel, Bobaflex, Ill Nino, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Every Time I Die, Alesana, Volumes, Capture the Crown, The Browning, Letters From the Fire, and 3 Pill Morning.

Sleep Signals released their second EP, “Transitions”, in early 2016 and followed it up with US tours with heavy hitters Screaming for Silence and Lydia Can’t Breathe. The band has played several festivals including Northern Invasion, SXSW, and Heart of Texas Rockfest. (Source)

Dear Deadly

Dear Deadly is simply a result of it’s gritty and tumultuous surroundings. They have forged a signature sound deeply rooted in modern hard rock and metal with an orchestra of crushing guitars, a rock solid rhythm section, all conducted by an onslaught of melodic vocals. With their 2017 EP, ‘It’s Not Over Yet’, the windy city’s own are destined to be the next big thing in hard rock/metal.

“We’re a band spawned from the diverse Chicago music scene. We’ve put seven years into growing this band and working hard to do what we love the most. We look forward to putting another seven plus years in. ‘It’s Not Over Yet’ is all about that work ethic. Early on, we realized if you give the time and effort to chase a dream, it’s possible to achieve it by the sheer amount of drive and passion you have.”

Since 2011, that mentality has fueled Dear Deadly’s perseverance to carve their place in modern Hard Rock/Metal. Their 2014 EP, ‘A World Beyond’, was mixed and mastered by Lee McKinney of Born of Osiris and explored some of their metalcore roots. At the time, deriving influence from bands like Born Of Osiris, Veil Of Maya, Periphery and Asking Alexandria. During 2014-2015, the band went through a line-up change and began to evolve into what some might call more of a “Nu Metal” sound. In November 2016, ‘It’s Not Over Yet’ was born. While this EP still contains some metalcore qualities at times, it was really more influenced by bands like Linking Park, Korn, and Avenged Sevenfold. 2017 has been spent supporting ‘It’s Not Over yet’ with strategic shows and a relentless do it yourself online presence. Simultaneously, they have shared stages with Volumes, The Word Alive, New Years Day, Puddle Of Mudd, The Color Morale, Like Moths To Flames, Starkill and many more.

In 2018, they will begin the process of creating their first full-length album. Tracking is set to take place at various Chicagoland studios. [Guitar, Bass, Vocals, Sampling and Synths at Born To Rock Studios][Drums at JJC Recording Studios] Mixing and Mastering [Erik Ron – Grey Area Studios (Motionless In White, I Prevail, New Years Day, Like Moths To Flames)].

“I like to think we’re taking our favorite traits of this area and our influences and showing the rest of the world what Chicago created out of all that great camaraderie, those friendships, and the music,” he says. “We all come from the same region. We’re not content to just sit still and let life happen. We want to show that you can take the initiative, go out there, and make a difference for yourself. That rings throughout all of the songs and speaks to the true meaning of what we’ve done thus far.”

Ultimately, Dear Deadly has the power to electrify a new love for rock music in the process.

“We really have but one job,” he leaves off. “Forget your phone, forget your day job, your complications and just get entertained. At the end of the day we’re entertainers, and our job is to entertain you. We want to give people something they’ll never forget and we hope they walk away feeling like they’ve witnessed the greatest spectacle imaginable.” (Source)

A Silent Truth

Coming together from all corners of the Chicago music scene AST is here to be a driving force and a Voice that has been missing. Chicago band A Silent Truth is a continuation of an idea started in 2009. The band is made up of members of several chicagoland groups that share a single vision of the world of music. John Partipilo (Ditchwater) on bass guitar, Nathan Moderski (Ignescent) on rhythm guitar/vocals and Justin Pferschy on drums with a Vocalist John Williams (Blind Vessel) taking the Mic . Their debut Album will be released on St Patricks Day 2018! (Source)